From the Woodwork

by The Radium Girls

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Debut Album by The Radium Girls!

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released March 23, 2011

Music and Lyrics by The Radium Girls
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Reed, Jr.
Produced by The Radium Girls and Chris Reed, Jr.
Mastered by Larry DeVivo, Silvertone Mastering, Inc.

Kevin Ewer: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Benjamin Brown: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Jeff Demas: Guitar, Lead Vocals

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The Radium Girls Boston, Massachusetts

We began playing together freshman year in college, which mostly was just daydreaming and not cutting our hair. This happened in a tiny room, barely able to fit us. We played all over Rochester and released a demo in 2008, but we craved more - and with lots of coffee, we finished our debut album 'From the Woodwork'. We graduated in 2011 and moved to Boston, so we can make it big like Bon Jovi. ... more

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Track Name: Old Man's Keep
INTRO
Here is where we called our dear old Zim,
Here is where the sun used to shine.
Then the Old Man sat down upon his throne,
And the world left us behind...

VERSE 1
It's a petty operation,
To disenfranchise all the land.
Try to restore nationalism,
And forget the common man.
And the burned out slums that are bordering your home,
Are a tell-tale sign of what your tyranny has done.
So cut your losses, leave these people that you've broken,
'Cuz if you would only listen you would know they've already spoken.

CHORUS
Forever hold your shattered peace,
Oh, victims of the Old Man's keep.

VERSE 2
Well no one likes a critic,
When his reviews all disappoint.
But when you go and bomb his building,
You think he just might have a point?
And the truth, Old Man, is that you don't give a damn,
As long as television crews can't tape your dying land.
So roll the cameras while you redirect the blame,
'Cause God knows you've gone too far to ever clear your name

CHORUS
Forever hold your shattered peace,
Oh, victims of the Old Man's keep.
Track Name: Mom and Pops
VERSE 1
When we started this venture,
Assured ourselves we'd never come to harm.
We allowed ourselves the wildest dreams,
Born of drink and fair fortune.

CHORUS
Moms and Pops, to arms.
We're locking horns, we're locking horns.
From the woodwork, we will slip your grip,
Who's smiling now? Who's smiling now?

VERSE 2
We're the neighbors and the folks down the road,
The man brewing in his basement,
Without means for any dirty tricks,
Kept afloat by way of merit.

CHORUS
Moms and Pops, to arms.
We're locking horns, we're locking horns.
From the woodwork, we will slip your grip,
Who's smiling now? Who's smiling now?

BRIDGE
And they'll try the same old shit,
We can't help but suffer it,
It comes with the territory.
And it goes without saying,
We're just hoping and praying,
That it ends up a happy story.
And so it goes...

CHORUS
Moms and Pops, to arms.
We're locking horns, we're locking horns.
From the woodwork, we will slip your grip,
Who's smiling now? Who's smiling now?

Moms and Pops, to arms.
We're locking horns, we're locking horns!
From the woodwork, we will slip your grip!
Who's smiling now?! Who's smiling now?

Who's smiling now?
Who's smiling now?
Who's smiling now?
Who's smiling now?
Track Name: Radium
VERSE 1
Want for someone meeker,
Not a stand up gal,
Easy on the eyes, a first-class high school looker,
No need for labor skills.
Work for independent,
Naive and trusting girls,
To stand against a crowd of up to 20,000,
And silently endure.

CHORUS
And she'll go with the beauty of a grace note,
Yeah she'll shake like a drum,
And she won't care about the sunlight,
When she glows like radium,
Like radium.

VERSE 2
When the floor is littered,
She'll blindly stay the course,
When the doors are shut and locked behind her,
She'll jump down nine whole floors.
She'll whistle while she's working,
Point those tips till she drops dead,
Cause she's your Rosie when she keeps her mouth shut,
But when she speaks up, she turns red...

CHORUS
And she'll go with the beauty of a grace note,
Yeah she'll shake like a drum,
And she won't care about the sunlight,
When she glows like radium,
Like radium.

CHORUS
And she'll go with the beauty of a grace note,
Yeah she'll shake like a drum,
And she won't care about the sunlight,
When she glows like radium,
Like radium.
Track Name: Robin Hood Hills
VERSE 1:
They came running with their pitchforks,
To the deputy they ran.
Too many times he'd missed conviction,
This time he'd get his man.
Outrage trumps protocol,
Leaving good men blind.
Pursuing only answers,
Towards some murderous deadline...

CHORUS:
Oh wasted youth is on our hands
Open your hearts to understand,
Remember the human cost,
In the wake of this paradise lost...

VERSE 2:
Well they sat em' in the court room,
And three now faced the blame.
Black shirts and devil music,
To corroborate their claim.
And fifteen years gone down the road,
Saving grace is at your door,
How dare you call them godless,
And continue to ignore...

CHORUS:
Oh wasted youth is on our hands
Open your hearts to understand,
Remember the human cost,
In the wake of this paradise lost...

BRIDGE:
Have we learned, have we learned nothing?
Cry for the blood that stands to spill.
Have we no, have we learned nothing?
Out from the heart of these Robin Hood Hills!
Have we no, no, no, no, have we learned nothing?
Can you swallow this bitterest pill?
Have we no...

CHORUS:
Oh wasted youth is on our hands
Open your hearts to understand,
Remember the human cost,
In the wake of this paradise lost...
Track Name: Burn it Down
VERSE 1
Young man, come closer, I pray that you hear me,
It's time you learned a bit of your history,
Be it loyalist or IRA.
Maybe then you'll share in our vision,
Not of faith, but simply conditioned,
To never, ever let go of our hate...

CHORUS
Woah, burn it down,
This is the reason why we came.
Woah, burn it down,
Find your solace in the flames

[WOAH'S]

VERSE 2
No one acts for fear of perdition,
No room for God, just man's own volition,
The cross is just an aging figurehead.
Oh the Troubles it seems are unending,
You grab some petrol, I'll grab a Browning,
And every Sunday mourn the mounting dead...
(A prayer for each departed friend)


CHORUS
Woah, burn it down,
This is the reason why we came.
Woah, burn it down,
Find your solace in the flames

[WOAH'S]

[BREAKDOWN]

CHORUS
Woah, burn it down,
This is the reason why we came.
Woah, burn it down,
Find your solace in the flames.

CHORUS
Woah, burn it down,
(Just burn it down, just burn it down...)
This is the reason why we blame.
(This is the reason)
Woah, burn it down,
(Just burn it down, just burn it down...)
Souls forever wreathed in flames

[WOAH'S]
(It's not too late, It's not too late...)
Track Name: Strong for All of Us
VERSE 1
Danny I just can't start the season without you,
My glove's still at its place on the attic stairs.
Caught my first bus all the way to Boston,
It was weird to see them play without you there.

PRE-CHORUS 1
Oh, you know, the Sox are looking pretty good this year,
With Papi swinging this way, there's nothing to fear...

CHORUS
Danny you know when Ma's in bed at night,
I'll bring, I'll bring a candle from downstairs.
Place it on the countertop and honest in its light,
I'll pray, I'll pray to see you home alright.
God knows what I'd give to wear this on my sleeve,
But you knew that already...
And Danny don't you worry got my end up tight,
I'll be, I'll be strong for all of us.

VERSE 2
I walk to school on most of these mornings,
Ma's still asleep on the couch in the den.
No I ain't seen her this bad in ages,
It's just like Dad walked out all over again...

PRE-CHORUS 2
But I don't mean to put this all on you,
No, that's the last thing I'd want to do...

CHORUS
Danny you know when Ma's in bed at night,
I'll bring, I'll bring a candle from downstairs.
Place it on the countertop and honest in its light,
I'll pray, I'll pray to see you home alright.
God knows what I'd give to wear this on my sleeve,
But you knew that already...
And Danny don't you worry got my end up tight,
I'll be, I'll be strong for all of us.

BRIDGE
Well I broke down yesterday on the walk back home,
Thank God no one was there, thank God I was alone,
And even if I'm dying inside, at least I can still pretend,
I'll hide these thoughts right here in this letter, never sent...

OUTRO
Danny you know, when ma's in bed at night,
I'll be, Ill be strong for all of us.
Track Name: Postmaster
VERSE 1
In the winter's snow two roads diverged,
The choice between stood as night and day,
With unsure footing, we set off,
Meaning lost to the haste...

VERSE 2
And as we turned away from the motorcycle tracks,
It hit us then, the gravity,
We the righteous, sitting in the kitchen,
Hardly daring to breathe...

CHORUS
Postmaster General - What news have you?
Postmaster - Anything at all?
If you could only give us legs to stand on,
Or this hope might kill us all,
Yea the hope might kill us all...

VERSE 3
We never spoke of the terror 'neath our floor boards,
As if ashamed of our own humanity,
We kept our ears fixed on the winter wind,
For an engine or a siren's scream...

VERSE 4
Claude grabbed a bottle and his violin,
We lived each night as if it were our last,
As we'd retire I would lie awake,
With the righteous sleeping fast...

CHORUS
Postmaster General - What news have you?
Postmaster - Anything at all?
If you could only give us legs to stand on,
Or this hope might kill us all,
Yea the hope might kill us all...

<humming>

CHORUS
Postmaster General - What news have you?
Postmaster - Anything at all?
Could it be, that the end is upon us?
Yeah this hope just might kill us all,
Yeah the hope just might kill us all!
Track Name: Asylum
VERSE 1
Johnny was a racecar driver,
Johnny was a train conductor,
But Mrs. Halloway, she don't like that one bit.
Johnny is a class disruptor,
Johnny has a deficit disorder,
Yeah, well the doctor says that seems to fit...

CHORUS
In a world where de-institutionalization
Makes a market for the homemade asylums,
Every problem has a simple solution,
When growing up amounts to sedation.

VERSE 2
Johnny's a little older now,
He's got a little perspective now,
Got a huge chip on his shoulder top,
Teacher says "Johnny Listen!",
Doctor says "Johnny Listen!",
Momma says "Johnny Listen!", but Johnny says "Fuck Off!"

CHORUS
In a world where de-institutionalization
Makes a market for the homemade asylums,
Every problem has a simple solution,
When growing up amounts to sedation.

<bridge>
Way-oh, Way-oh, when the summer's shining through...
(Don't you see the harm you've caused, telling kids that they are broken?)

If it's not broke, don't fix it!
If it's not broke, don't fix it!
If it's not broke, don't fix it!
If it's not broke, don't fix it!
Track Name: Here We Stood
VERSE 1
Jimmy ran the neighborhood, 'cause he was no one's fool,
He bought himself a piece to scream, he'd play by no one's rules,
And here we go, the overture.
Alex met the full quartet on 32nd street,
Second in command, he planned the night's festivities,
Children all, made much older...

CHORUS 1
Here we stood, can you hear us now?
The echoes of a horrorshow shaking from the ground.

VERSE 2
The best laid plans of mice and men, they often go awry,
And as luck would have, they met their match, their rivals they did spy,
With Billy keen on evening the score.
To prove their might, "To Arms!" they cried, let the bullets fly,
And so passed on dear Alex, with a slug between his eyes,
And Jimmy pinned, never saw him fall...

CHORUS 2
Here we stood, can you hear us now?
The echoes of a horrorshow shaking from the ground.
Here we stood, full 10,000 strong,
Though you would never know it from the way you carry on...

BRIDGE
Don't look back, straight ahead,
Though your eyes are burning red,
Could you take a higher road?
And leave your vengeance stowed...

OUTRO
Go ask Alex!
(If he ever wanted more)
Go ask Alex!
(If he was a happy soldier)
Go ask Alex!
(If he wanted out of this tragedy)
Go ask Alex!
(What he hoped and dreamed and prayed for)
Go ask Alex!
(If he ever gained from street war)
Go ask Alex!
(If he wanted out of this insanity)
Track Name: Sweet Sorrow
VERSE 1
We are certainly disposed to preach,
Our strongly held beliefs,
In objection to aggression.
We may overestimate the,
Will to propagate the,
Circumstance of violence.

CHORUS
Come sweet sorrow, break us down,
Deliver us, yeah, build us from the ground,
We may overstate our simple case, enough,
That we are heard...

VERSE 2
We are the living incarnate of,
The hopes of RFK,
We'll stand our ground.
We came dressed for the weather,
We'll endure whatever,
Rain fall down, fall down, down.

CHORUS
Come sweet sorrow, break us down,
Deliver us, yeah, build us from the ground,
We may overstate our simple case, enough,
That we are heard...

BRIDGE
Oh little war child, you know how far you've strayed from home?
Oh little war child, you know how far you've strayed from home?
Woah darling, Woah darling, Woah darling...

OUTRO
All we ask incorporate, all we ask considerate...
All we ask incorporate, all we ask considerate...
All we ask incorporate, all we ask considerate...
All we ask incorporate, all we ask considerate...


<SPEECH BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY>
Track Name: Going Over
VERSE 1
We were the agents of our father's desires,
Two sentiments caught three years between.
And now my circus flickers, cold fire,
Denatured, and vaguely obscene.

PRECHORUS 1
But never you mind,
The troubles of another time.
Formulas can make you better,
Cooperative in due time.

VERSE 2
There's a flash and I feel my blind's been lifted,
And there I stand, packed and proud.
But in a moment the scene has shifted,
Mama's wailing, '52 loud.

PRECHORUS 2
But never you mind,
The troubles of another time.
They've got ways to calm your memories,
Hollow you in due time.

CHORUS
For our fathers, we went over feeling glad,
Cuz all I've ever wanted is to make my daddy proud.
Waking sober, sterile clothes, and feeling wrong,
And all I've ever wondered's where my other self has gone...

VERSE 3
I've strayed so far this time and,
there's too much fog, I can't and
Home is nowhere, home is lost and gone

PRECHORUS 3
But never you mind,
The troubles of another time.
Synthetic comforts crumbling,
Proving empty in due time...

CHORUS
For our fathers, we went over feeling glad,
'Cause all I've ever wanted is to make my daddy proud.
Waking sober, sterile clothes, and feeling wrong,
And all I've ever wondered's where my other self has gone...

BRIDGE
Orders is orders, just following orders,
We need you calm now, just take this pill now,
Propranolol, and I have no home,
Propranolol you took my home,
We need you calm and this won't hurt a bit and,
You won't remember, just bite down now,
Orders is orders, just following orders,
Brevital, just following orders,
You're doing fine now, backwards count goes,
Down towards the fog and following orders,
You won't remember, it won't hurt a bit so,
Bite down, bite down...

OUTRO
Oh, thank the lord, the hour's over,
Screen is black.
And all I lost in innocence,
Ain't never coming back...
Track Name: Lady in Waiting
VERSE 1
I saw her standing in the cold,
I saw her shiver, so I offered her my coat,
But she said she had her own.

She won't ever say she's broke,
Though her interests are outright bought and sold,
And she's long since lost control...

CHORUS
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?

VERSE 2:
She's still young, but she looks old,
Like one who's harmed herself more than she could know,
But she's still got room to grow.

So I stood with her to wait,
But the gesture seemed so little and so late,
And the forecast calls for rain...

CHORUS
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?
Is this all she'll ever know?

BRIDGE
Oh god is there any way to help?
But she screams at me to go to hell,
Oh god is there any way to help?
Anything but watching her destroy herself...

OUTRO
She's fallen victim to the years,
Nobody asking if she's clean behind her ears,
Did they forget they left her here?